Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gary Carter

Sad news today. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away at the age of 57.

During the magical 1986 season, CT Joyce and I attended eleven games at Shea Stadium, and the NY Mets won ten of them (it was that kind of year), including NLCS Game 5 when Carter hit a dramatic 12th inning single to score Wally Backman from second base and win the game. The Mets went on to win a memorable World Series against the Red Sox.

There wasn't another player in MLB who matched his exuberance, enthusiasm and hustle. He was a class act all the way. I'm sad that he's gone, but feel privileged to have watched him play the game the way a true champ plays it.

Here's to the "Kid"!

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